The evening’s aperitif – Banfi’s Cuvee Aurora Brut. subtle contrasting effect.
Scotch bonnet spicy coconut and lemongrass soup made with chicken and lime dumplings was served next, with a 2015 Fontanelle Chardonnay. It was aromatic (the potent lemongrass working its fragrant magic) and divine. It packed a punch in the flavour department and was an instant favourite.
The seafood linguine papillote, with saffron and coffee essence, was as interesting as it was tasty. Made and served in what looked like a sealed paper box (to retain all the flavours), the eager diners literally tore into the dish. With decadent morsels of lobster and shrimp, it paired perfectly with a bold 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva.
Wild salmon, black olives, chayote stuffed into squash
blossom was next up. It was a well-presented creation, paired with the 2011 Las Lus Albarossa.
Then it was time for the saddle of lamb, eggplant. This was served with pecorino cheesestuffed puff pastry and parsley. The chefs flexed their muscles on this one and the taste buds were happy beneficiaries. With this, diners enjoyed a 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino.
For dessert, there was chocolate ganache with tangerine ice cream made and served with Jamaican pepper and rum. A 2012 Florus, Moscadello Di Montalcino Late Harvest made the perfect pair.
Petit fours and hot coffee brought the delectable journey to an end.
Sapori d’Italia proved to be more than a taste of Italy. It was a lesson in culinary and cultural fusion like no other.
Italian chef Giovanni Ciresa holding the veal and avocado millefeuille.